Newsletter #13 2023 / Pānui #13 2023 (18/08/2023)


Maligayang pagdating to Filipino Language and Culture Week!  Although this is not an official week in New Zealand, we celebrate it due to one third of our student population being of Filipino descent.  We also look forward to an ‘All Cultures Week’ later in the year! (for any culture who never got a week).

Salamat to Susan Oh Pimentel who has assisted in the organisation of the week and the displays.  She has been very busy behind the scenes and we appreciate her effort. We invite you to pop in and have a look around our foyer and library.

The foyer and library hold many displays and information about the Filipino Culture, please check them out.  Aidel and Kailyn have made a competition with 20 questions, all answers can be found in the foyer and in the library.  Students have the week to complete them and post them in the office.  All questions need to be correct and we will draw out a winner on Feast Day.  Lots of cool prizes!!!!   Also, we have themed colouring-in competitions  in the library!  Get involved students!


Students of Filipino descent are asked to bring in a photo of their family (named) and on the back to write their village/city their family originates from (if more than one, please pick one). Please bring to the office.  We will string line photos to their village/city on the map of the Philippines in the foyer.

Feast Day:
Friday 25 August, 12.30pm Food – As always, please continue to provide lunch on this day but if children are open to new food, a little less as they can try some food provided by Chef Astig.  Please put a fork in your child’s lunchbox if they would like to try some Filipino food.  Sorry, we won’t be providing plates, no lunchbox, no food to try.
2pm – Performances – This will be on the stage.  This includes a dance the senior students have began learning for the cultural festival.  If it is wet or the field remains too wet, it will be in the Mission Centre with limited students coming due to space (we no longer fit as a school). Parents are welcome.

Daily lessons:
Starting today a few senior students will visit each room in the morning  this week and teach a little language and culture.


We pray for Jean Chiron (teacher of Room 5) who lost his father a week ago today.  He became very unwell the day before Learning Conferences.  Jean wanted to meet the parents at the Learning Conferences then he jumped on a plane to France to be with him. He was very happy he made it and spent some time with him.  He will be back at the end of the week. Thanks to Mr Halkett and all the teachers in Rooms 1-6,  as he jumped into Room 5 and this affected Room 1-6’s programmes.

Cultural Festival
This is coming up in 16 days!  We hope to have three groups, a kapahaka group, a pasifika group and a Filipino group. The kapahaka group has four waiata/songs/performances, and the other two groups have one.  If you would like to come to watch, tickets are now on sale at the office for $2 each.  Families are restricted to a maximum of three tickets  to ensure many families can make it. If they all don’t sell, we will let you know the day before so more can be purchased.  We have 100 total tickets available.

East Parish Combined Mass
Sunday 3 September – 10.30am – Catholic Cathedral School hall.
This will be held in two weeks time at Catholic Cathedral College.
Following the Mass will be performances. We are hoping for our Jubilate group and Cultural Festival groups to be performing.  More information to come.

Learning Conferences
It was great to see almost every family come in to meet with teachers during the conferences or organising other times for them. Well done to everyone! It is a team effort!

Well done to our team for their amazing effort at the East Parish Jubilate. “I am blessed” was the name of our song and we are blessed to have these amazing students and Mrs Jo Smart at our school. Link to performance below.

Maths Week
Well done to Rooms 5 and 7 for completing the most amount of Mathematics work during this week. They had a bit of a party to celebrate the learning with a bit of Dominoes pizza! Keep up the hard work!

Touch Rugby
We are thrilled to announce that our school’s touch rugby teams will once again be participating in the Aupaki Junior Touch module at McCormacks Bay Reserve every Thursday afternoon. To make this a successful and enjoyable experience for our students, we are seeking whānau support for coaching and managing our teams.

Touch Rugby Coaching Information Session:
On the 21st of August, at 3:15 PM, Matt de Vries from Sport Canterbury will be delivering a special coaching session at our school.  He will provide an overview of the key rules of touch rugby and share other essential information.  This session is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in coaching or managing a team to gain valuable insights and skills.

If you are passionate about touch rugby, enjoy working with kids, and want to help out our kura we warmly invite you to attend the coaching information session.  Whether you have previous coaching experience or are new to the role, nau mai, haere mai!

If you are unable to attend the information session but are still interested in helping with coaching or managing, please get in touch with Dean Isherwood (

A reminder, if you are interested and would like to take part in our termly reviews of policies, or are interested in any, they can be found  here.   Some noted in surveys that they didn’t know how.  Please follow the link and then have a look around!

Upcoming Events
Put on your calendar.  Email address for contact person should you need more information.  If no contact email, it is yet to be fully finalised  and contact will be added when contact is available.  There will be more events to come but the focus in the upcoming four weeks.
Week 6 (Filipino Language and Culture Week)
Monday 21 August – 3.15pm Parent/Relation Touch Rugby coaching assistance (see above)
Monday 21 August – Cultural Festival tickets available from the office. Limited number.
Friday 25 August    – Feast Day for Filipino Language Week – Traditional dress for this day (and rest of week if preferred). Filipino Food: Please ensure a fork is in your child’s lunchbox. Food will be placed in lunchboxes if your child would like to try them. Don’t have a lunchbox and money is tight, contact the office.
Friday 25 August – Youth Group yrs 5/6 and 7/8
Week 7
Friday 1 September – Newsletter out
Sunday 3 September – School Mass 10.30am + choir/culture performances held at CCC. For all families of the school
Week 8 (Social Justice Week)
Wednesday 6 September – Cultural Festival Catholic Cathedral College – 1.30pm-3.30pm
Week 9 (Māori Language Week)
Tuesday 12 September – Kapahaka Rōpū performance at Tūranga
Friday 15 September – Newsletter out
Week 10
Monday 18 September – Ski Trip Years 7 and 8
Tuesday 19 September-Thursday 21 September – Koru Games, Lincoln –

The end!!!
Happy Filipino Language and Culture Week!
Dallas Wichman